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  1. Obituary: Earl Lloyd / Broke color barrier of 1950s-era NBARead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 27 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    He died on Thursday, according to a news release from West Virginia State University, where he played in college. No cause was given.


  2. Ex-CIA officer found guilty of espionage in news leakRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer, was convicted of espionage Monday on charges that he told a reporter for The New York Times about a secret operation to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. The conviction is a significant victory for the Obama administration, which has conducted an unprecedented crackdown on officials who speak to journalists about security matters without the administration's approval.


  3. Gateway High school counselor named one of top 16 in U.S.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 21, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    For 21 years, Colleen Tortorella has been supporting students at Gateway High School in her role as school counselor. This year she was chosen as one of 16 semi-finalists for school counselor of the year from the American School Counselor Association.


  4. Deadly D.C.subway malfunction leaves many unanswered questionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2015 |

    The subway train had just pulled out from a busy Washington station when it ground to a halt, and foul-smelling smoke began filling the tunnel and the cars. "We're going to die here!" passengers cried.


  5. Virginia novelist wins Drue Heinz PrizeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2015 |

    Leslie Pietrzyk, a novelist who lives in Alexandria, Va., is the 2015 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, a prestigious award that recognizes a book of short stories. "This Angel on My Chest" is a collection of stories about how different young women cope with the death of a husband.


  6. A reporter's word: James Risen stands strong for confidential sourcesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Last fall, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department would not try to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal confidential sources for his 2006 book "State of War" or send him to jail for refusing to cooperate. It appears to be business as usual for the award-winning journalist and his critics.


  7. Nation briefs: Fla. same-sex weddings beginRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2015 |

    Ending a drawn-out battle over same-sex marriage in Florida, Miami-Dade on Monday became the first county in the state to allow gay couples to wed after a state judge lifted a temporary ban on the nuptials. The rest of the state was to begin legalizing same-sex marriage just after midnight, as Florida becomes the 36th state to allow gay couples to wed.


  8. Consumer Reports: How to survive do-it-yourself customer serviceRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 27, 2014 |

    The outsourcing of jobs has been a painful, recurring theme in the past several years, but here's a twist. According to Consumer Reports, more companies are outsourcing customer service - to their own customers.


  9. Len Boselovic's Heard off the Street: Partners' feud snares Michael BakerRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 20, 2014 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A dispute between the former owners of a Bridgeville-based government contractor that did business in dangerous places has put Michael Baker International in a hot spot. The Moon engineering firm is liable for a $15.8 million federal court judgment against Sallyport Global Holdings, according to Brian Glasser, a Charleston, W.Va., attorney who represents Thomas Charron.


  10. Seniors applying to colleges by the dozens amid stressRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2014 |

    Alexa Verola, a senior at Mahwah High School in northern New Jersey, drew up a list of some colleges where she would be happy majoring in anthropology and added more that would be good for photography or sound design: 18 in all. Then she applied to every last one of them.


  11. U.S., Pittsburgh gas prices plummet to lowest point in yearsRead the original story

    Nov 4, 2014 |

    The seasonal fluctuation of gas prices typically means drivers pay less in the fall and winter than in the spring and summer. But consumers are saving even more at the pump this autumn as gas prices locally and nationally have tumbled to their lowest point in four years - and they are continuing to fall.


  12. Don't say 'Navy SEALs' at the federal silencer trialRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 22, 2014 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Witnesses, attorneys and even the judge took special care not to let the phrase "Navy SEALs" pass their lips during a federal criminal trial in Alexandria, Va., this week, further cloaking an already mysterious case involving the purchase of hundreds of unmarked rifle silencers for the military. Instead, people involved in the trial referred obliquely to "the program," "operators" and "other entities in the government" when discussing who might have wanted to use the silencers, which were acquired through a classified Navy contract.


  13. Obituary: Virginia "Ginnie" Birmingham / Oakmont attorney who...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 23, 2013 |

    Virginia "Ginnie" Birmingham, a former Oakmont attorney who specialized in family law, was interested in serving women, who often had to turn to male attorneys for help with divorces, protection-from-abuse orders and other matters. She was a stay-at-home mom until she took up the practice of law after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh's law school in 1982, according to her daughter, Carolyn Smith of Huntington, N.Y. .


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